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Cancer Alliance 2018 Conference

Thank you to those of you whom were able to join us at our annual event – excellence in cancer care!  Your participation, engagement and support ensured it was a success!  We hope to see you at our next event in 2019!

Thames Valley Cancer Alliance hosted its annual conference on the 4th October 2018.  This year’s theme was ‘excellence in cancer care’ which the Cancer Alliance continually strives to achieve.  The day brought together some 100 delegates made up of patients, charities, primary care and secondary clinicians and clinical commissioning managers made to think about what excellence in cancer care means and hear about all the programmes the Cancer Alliance is leading to drive improvements in cancer care across Thames Valley.  It also provided a valuable networking opportunity and set the stage for further cooperation among stakeholders involved in cancer care.

The conference began with opening remarks by Louise Patten, CEO Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire CCG and Deputy Cancer Alliance Lead highlighting the values, ambitions and priorities of the Cancer Alliance and current performance against the national cancer standards.

The morning continued with three presentations offering three different perspectives of excellence in cancer care; the patient’s, cancer research and national policy.

Delegates also heard about the Thames Valley Cancer Alliances’ Transformation Programme and progress made against national and local priorities from each of the project leads:

  • Dr Anant Sachdev, Senior Responsible Officer for the Quality Improvement Scheme;
  • Dr Shelley Hayles, Clinical Lead for the Vague Symptoms Pathway and Pathway Redesign;
  • Shairoz Claridge, Senior Responsible Officer and Kate Rawlings, Clinical Lead for Living with and Beyond Cancer;
  •  Jon Rees, Head of Performance, Operational Planning & Transformation COIO – Digital Programme, who spoke about the Alliance’s digital project – the Health Information Exchange.

The afternoon segment was devoted to pursuing excellence through innovation and comprised a presentation by Lyndel Moore, Head of Cancer at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as part of the Trust’s bid to secure innovation funding from the Cancer Alliance to support the development of a new cancer dashboard to monitor patients’ progress along their timed treatment pathways.

The conference booklet is available by clicking here

Copies of the speakers’ bios and presentations are available by clicking here